September 21, 2018
Meth compo falls short of loss
Poverty advocates say the compensation offered to people wrongly kicked out of tehri state homes because of overblown fears of methamphetamine contamination is too low.
Housing New Zealand will assess the 800 affected tenants on a case by case basis and pay between $2500 and $3000 for expenses such as moving costs and furniture replacement.
Kathleen Paraha from Auckland Action Against Poverty says the zero tolerance policy cost tenants a lot more than is on the table.
Many of them were put in motels or forced into private accommodation, and some became homeless.
"They’ve lost their furniture, their clothes, because they thought it had been contaminated. They're left with nothing and a big debt," she says.
The former tenants feel they did nothing wrong and many struggle to understand why they were treated in that way.
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